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Support the arts. Buy a print or commission a drawing from three of our favorite artists

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© 2009 Guy Allen. Used with permission.

As explained elsewhere on     this site, SNO is strictly for
fun.  Yes, you can donate three
or four bucks and get a sticker
or badge, but that’s so we can
all show our colors when
we’re out and about.

So why this page? When we
went looking for original art
to make the pages of our
website more attractive and
interesting, three fine artists
agreed to share their
wonderful work. To thank
them, I’m sharing their
contact information here,
along with the encouragement
that you consider buying their
prints or originals — or commissioning an original of your cherished Italian machine. Hang an Allen, Felstead, or Quinlisk on your wall? Yes you can!

Guy Allen is a regular contributor to some of our favorite sports car magazines. His original art and prints also hang on the walls of auto enthusiasts all over the world. Check out his website at:


© 2009 Anna-Louise Felstead. Used with permission.

Anna- Louise  Felstead  is a  talented English artist we first saw when she was featured in Classic & Sports Car magazine.. She not only draws Alfas and other fine cars with a whimsical style that’s all her own, she also competes in vintage races. Below is her take on a Hispano Suiza at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Contact Anna-Louise to ask her about commissioning art or purchasing her prints and originals:  Don’t be surprised if the Felstead name sounds familiar.  Besides being a well-known artist in her own right, she appeared with her sister Alexandra in the cast of British reality TV series Made in Chelsea.  

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© 2009 Jerry Quinlisk. Used with permission.

Several years ago Jerry Quinlisk published a book of his delightful drawings entitled: “The AlfaBet .”  Many of his drawings feature fellow Alfisti and their cars, making them all the more fun for those of us who can spot their hidden humor.

Original art by Guy Allen for C&SC Magazine, Feb. 2007.  See Guy's art at .

Original art of me and my car by Guy Allen for C&SC Magazine, Feb. 2007.


This car’s story began in 1967. Brian Lamb and his wife, the first owners, purchased it from a California dealer, arranging for delivery in Milan. When it was ready, they flew from California to Italy, picked it up at the factory, then toured Europe before shipping it home. The Alfa came in appliance white (In Italian that’s “Bianco Spino”), with 15″ steel wheels, skinny 155×15 tires, and a 1600cc motor. The only modification by the Lambs was reupholstering the front seats in a grey tweed fabric found in Chevys.

When I responded to a newspaper ad in 1983, I could see that the GTV was a find. The body and interior were in good condition; it had no rust; and its original mechanicals were in good, though worn, condition. We struck a quick deal and as I drove it away I looked back to see the Lambs teary-eyed and waving goodbye from their front walk. alfa orig mirrors

The short drive home verified that normal wear and tear was beginning to show all over the car, most noticeably in the motor, which could lay a cloud of smoke like a Navy destroyer. That wasn’t surprising; with nearly 100,000 miles on it, the only engine work it had ever required was a valve job.

I was beginning the restoration of a 1966 GTC at the time and the GTV was going to supply the missing pieces, something I neglected to mention to the Lambs. Shortly after arriving home, however, I decided that restoring the GTV would be a whole lot easier and less expensive than the GTC. Besides, after the emotional goodbye from the Lambs, there was no way I could turn their baby into a parts car. 

Giulia’s gray phase

Within months of buying the Alfa, it was at a paint and body shop to repair some parking lot dings and change the color to — cover your eyes if you’re a purist — BMW Baltic Blue. This 1984 metallic blue-gray Beemer color turns out to be a great choice for a GTV.  It even had a thin red pinstripe down the crease  line on each side.  Its original 1600cc motor was the next to go, replaced with a 1750 engine that served us well for another 20 years.    I kept the motor mostly stock, adding only Shankle 8L cams, used with the original 40DCOE 27 Webers; a Magneti Marelli Plex 201 electronic ignition, and low restriction air intake and filters.  The wheels were taken off a new ’84 Spider, whose owner wanted something different.  Blue GTV 7 b

Sixteen years after painting the car Baltic Blue,  it came time for another respray and new upholstery.  While the Alfa had no serious prior damage and only two small spots of rot on the front fenders, it left for the body shop in January of 2000, and I didn’t get to drive it again for two full years!

How it all turned out is chronicled on this site. You’ll also see that Scuderia Non Originale (SNO) is a prominent part of this website. The idea for SNO was born while several friends and I were sitting beside my GTV and its red twin at Concorso Italiano, in Monterey, California. So, while my car isn’t “originale,” and hasn’t been for years, if it weren’t for this GTV and the friends who helped me build it, Scuderia Originale wouldn’t exist. And that would be a loss to the Alfa world … though I have no idea why.